No Bloom (Perfume Thoughts: Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet, Christian Dior)

Another day, another forgettable Miss Dior flanker, this time it’s ‘Blooming Bouquet.’ This one is even less interesting than the other one I wrote about earlier (Rose n Roses) This one is a fruity floral, a pretty generic one, with peonys and mandarin. Seriously, it just lacks any kind of imagination, and to think this was done by Francoise Demarchy. I mean, what is there to say? Teh flower smells watery, the orange note thin. If I closed my eyes, I would never have guessed this was a Dior perfume. But on second thought, I may have.

Unrosemarkable (Perfume Thoughts: Miss Dior Rose n Roses, Christian Dior)

Maybe I still have a little hangover from Valentine’s Day, from the roses I saw on the street, because it made me want to check out Miss Dior Rose n’ Roses, which is a Miss Dior flanker. I saw a magazine ad for it and loved the campaign – it’s pink and oh so romantic.

Sigh. It’s a nice fragrance, but honestly, that’s the most I can say for it. It’s definitely a rose scent, but a pretty generic one – it skews maybe more dry rose if that makes sense (as opposed to dewy) but it’s completely unremarkable. I barely remember it now even as I wear it, and is pretty indistinguishable from any other department store scent. At times it even smells kinda cheap – the rose her can be a little on the synthetic side.

It’s a shame – I like the bottle, and the Dior brand obviously.

How Green Is My Lily of The Valley? (Perfume Thoughts: Lucky, Dior Collection Privee)

375x500.48385This, from the Dior website, is Francois Demachy’s explanation why this scent is called, ‘Lucky.’

Christian Dior was very superstitious and would stitch a stem of lily of the valley into the seam of his dresses for good luck. I wanted to represent the perfume of this hidden lily of the valley, sewn into meters of silk, with a profusion of white flowers and freshness. The scent of his favorite flower gradually reveals itself. Lucky is a good luck charm and the perfume to wear whenever you want to cross your fingers.”

As you may have guessed, Lucky is a lily of the valley scent. It is a nice rendering of the flower, as it is able to capture its sweetness and its slight sour qualities. Lucky is also an aquatic scent – there’s a lot of ozone in it, and some green aquatics there too. It is very nice and elegant, and very versatile as well: it would match a business suit and a sequined gown both. But you feel like you have smelled it before (I hear comparison to the classic L’air du Temps) and I just think, this is from the Dior Private Collection? I guess I wanted something more bold, more imaginative. I won’t turn away a bottle, but I don’t think I will be actively seeking one.

Still A Thrill (Perfume Thoughts: Dior Bois D’Argent)

2iieqo9.jpgI still remember when I first smelled Dior’s Bois ‘Argent. It was 2004, and   was with my friend at Jeffrey, this snobby store at the Meatpacking District in New York City. At the time, they were the only ones carrying these scents, which were created under the tutelage of Hedi Slimane, who was then Creative Director for Dior. The line (which also included Eau Noir and Cologne Royale) was called La Collection Couturier, and that description alone made it sound so exclusive and decadent. I remember of the three, I gravitated towards Bois D’Argent, because at the time it smelled so different from any perfume I had in my collection. The perfume was a dichotomy of soft and hard, of dirty and clean. Vanilla and Honey was set in juxtaposition with leather and incense. Yet, it didn’t feel heavy – it was very ethereal and very personal (the scent sat close to skin)  Today, eleven years or so later, I am transported back to that day.  I still get a thrill as I spray it on me on this late summer day. In some ways, it feels like a nothing perfume: it smells clean, and there’s no sillage that follows. (I find myself over-spraying)  At the same time, I smell it as I move, and my shirt, bathed in it, smells like candied leather.  This perfume is perfect example of scent as art.